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The U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Illinois hosted an opening event for the Magistrate Judge History Project Wednesday at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse. The project is designed to preserve the history of magistrate judges who served on the court. – Photo courtesy of U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Magistrate judges honored at Dirksen courthouse exhibit

Federal magistrate judges shoulder burdens that otherwise would weigh down their life-tenured colleagues on the federal trial bench, according to Chief U.S. District Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer of the Northern District of Illinois.
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Chief Justice Roberts casts a wary eye on uses of AI in federal courts

Chief Justice John Roberts on Sunday turned his focus to the promise, and shortcomings, of artificial intelligence in the federal courts, in an annual report that made no mention of Supreme Court ethics or legal controversies involving Donald Trump.
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Freezing cold upsets Chicago’s struggle to house migrants

As temperatures hover below freezing in Chicago, dozens of asylum-seekers are staying in the lower level of a library until the bitter cold gripping much of the country lifts.

Trial Notebook

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Judge urges update on cross-racial identifications

Reviewing the growing body of scholarship on the unreliability of cross-racial eyewitness identifications, Circuit Judge Adalberto Jordan urged the committee on pattern instructions for the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to revise its instruction for eyewitness testimony “to allow juries to consider, in appropriate cases, that the witness and the person identified are of different races.”

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